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That Uncertain Feeling (1941)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 April 1941 (USA)
A psychoanalyst causes a woman to doubt her happy marriage.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay), Walter Reisch (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Jill Baker
Melvyn Douglas ... Larry Baker
Burgess Meredith ... Alexander Sebastian
Alan Mowbray ... Dr. Vengard
Olive Blakeney ... Margie
Harry Davenport ... Jones
Sig Ruman ... Kafka (as Sig Rumann)
Eve Arden ... Sally Aikens
Richard Carle ... The Butler
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Storyline

Against her better judgement, happily married Jill Baker is persuaded to see a popular psychoanalyst about her psychosomatic hiccups. Soon, she's disillusioned about husband Larry; and one day in the doctor's waiting room she meets pianist Alexander Sebastian, who's even more confused than she is. Can this marriage be saved? Larry has a plan that is pure Lubitsch... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It's a serious problem for a lady with the hiccups, and he is it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

20 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernst Lubitsch's That Uncertain Feeling See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There are few close-ups of Merle Oberon in this film - she was recovering from her second bout of cosmetic poisoning, which had left pits and sores in her face and could not be covered with makeup. See more »

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When Jill first goes to see Dr. Vangard, as he starts to sit down at his desk, his left hand is on the arm of the chair. In the next shot, still in the process of sitting down, his left hand is now up on his desk. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Jill Baker: Very exciting - being transferred from the business world into the world of art. Nothing but Bach and Tchaikovsky!
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Version of Don't Tell the Wife (1927) See more »

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The Happy Farmer (Opus 68 No.10)
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"That Uncertain Feeling" is unfleeting
3 February 2007 | by bicoastalrollercoasterSee all my reviews

Loved "That Uncertain Feeling" (1941)! Here, a superb, substantive, yet oft-times simultaneously silly, screenplay (adapted from the stage) meets first-rate actors. (The beautiful Merle Oberon is at her comedic best.) What makes this a must-see film is the palpable pathos swirling just beneath it all. In lesser hands (actors and writers all) this might've fallen into the snidely melodramatic or the mildly comedic.

By the by, who says the feeling man is dead? The reviews give credence to the fact that-- whether in their teens, twenties, or, like me, in their fifties-- men enjoy romantic comedies as much as women. I suspect that any polls showing otherwise are eschew for the very reason that too many films today use a "straw man," where the male lead isn't much more than duplicitous, a nitwit, a heel (or all three). In "That Uncertain Feeling," a certain maturity and balance rules the writers. Sure, men AND women's flaws come to the fore, but as (or more)importantly, both sexes' attributes are on show, too, to boot. If the writer creates, equally, humorously offensive male and female characters, then it actually mirrors the real world while not playing partisan sexual politics. Do that and movie theatres will be swarming with women AND men, maybe like in days of old...like those when I, too, was young.


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